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IREP 2017 Film Review – White and Black: Crimes of Colour

White and Black: Crimes of Colour Jean-Francois Mean 58 Mins. Discrimination could be said to have existed for as long as man and it comes in different forms, some mild while some can be extreme. One of such extreme cases was revealed in the case of albinos in Tanzania as shown in the documentary titled White and Black: Crimes of Colour, directed by Jean-Francois Mean. In this documentary, we see Tanzania experience a major rise in killings of people with albinism in 2007. Vicky Ntetema, a BBC radio journalist, explores the journeys of people with albinism through following two young girls who are albino. It is revealed that many local Tanzanians kill people with albinism because of the suspicion that they are witches. We learn that there is an overall suspicion of albino looking people because of their visual difference, hey feel that albinos are irrelevant to the society. As a result of these killings, people with albinism have had to take safety measures by relocating in many cases. We are given close insight by the filmmaker through interviews and intimate footage with local people. There is usually a light at the end of every tunnel, but this film reflects an ever-present struggle of discrimination and displacement for people with albinism. Vicky Ntetema boldly seeks to give us a striking visual experience of the heart-breaking reality of colorism. Segun Abiona iREP 2017 Media Team